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Sustainability in information and communication technology (ICT): a Defra guide

A Defra guide to help businesses create a greener, more sustainable future through information and communication technology (ICT).


Helping businesses create a greener, more sustainable future through ICT

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We have developed this guide in collaboration with our information and communication technology (ICT) partners.

It provides:

  • an overview of the key sustainability challenges and opportunities in relation to a circular economy, sustainable procurement, ecological footprints and ISO (International Organisation for Standards)

  • guidance on best practice, including the key steps expected of organisations to integrate sustainable ICT into their own supply chains, systems and ways of working

It should be used by ICT managers and architects, ICT users and ICT manufacturers, disposers and recyclers.

This guide is supported by some core principles, including the United Nations (UN) Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030), which incorporates 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and our 25 Year Environment Plan.

Published 21 October 2019